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Highways and Hedges
Last Sunday evening I preached
on the text: ". . .Go out into the highways and hedges and compel
them to come in that my house may be full." Luke 14:23. I've been
thinking about that verse a lot lately.
When I was a Youth evangelist,
I saw God win those in the "highways and hedges." Our revival
team held services in the evening and taught a witnessing seminar in the
mornings. After lunch we met back at the church to go into "the highways
and the hedges" to share our faith.
We saw people saved on a
daily basis. One afternoon stands out in my memory. We were conducting
a Revival in the California Bay Area. We held the witness training, then
went out into the community. Ten minutes after we left the Church, just
20 feet from the front door of the Church a 25-year-old man was reborn.
During the revival, he and his wife made a public commitment to Christ.
He led his wife to the Lord within 24 hours of his own salvation.
When I was a young pastor,
I saw God win those in the "highways and hedges." I made a commitment
that everyone within a mile of our Church would hear from us at least three
times a year. We sent out mail, telephoned them, and knocked on their door.
The second time we knocked on the Beck's door, Lennie and Kathy came to
our service. Fifteen years later, they are still faithful members of that
Church. Before I moved from there, it was my great joy to pray for him
at his Deacon ordination.
Does God still win those
in the "highways and hedges?" I don't know. I haven't been out
there in a long time. Have you?
About a month ago, I decided
to spend my lunch break knocking on doors. Pray for me as I go. Will you
join me? There is no telling what would happen if we would be bold with
our witness. How bold? Let's be as bold with our witness as Satan is with